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Bilingual department at De Gooise Daltonschool

The start of TPO
We started our first TPO Kindergarten group in August of 2015, alongside our regular Dutch Kindergarten group. This was followed by a second TPO Kindergarten group a year later. In the schoolyear of 2017/2018 the first group of TPO children went to group 3, so within 6 years we will have a full-scale bilingual department at De Gooise Daltonschool.
 
(Near-)native speakers in the classroom
As we think it crucial for our students to be taught a correct English pronounciation, they are educated by (near-)native speakers, to whom English is either their native tongue or whose control of the English language is of a very high standard. Kirsten van Haver, Marion Stein, Wendy Bakker and Myriam van Dis are TPO-teachers at De Gooise Daltonschool.
 
Bilingual practices 
TPO-students follow the same curriculum as the children in our regular Dutch classes. However 30% to 50% of the class time is preserved for English. In an easy accessible and playful manner the teacher helps the children to master the English language by for instance teaching them polite social communications, the days of the week and everyday words, which helps increase their vocabulary rapidly. The TPO-curriculum is internationally oriented. Not only do the children learn English, but they are also taught English customs and culture, which helps bring the language to life. Ofcourse there’s still also ample room for Dutch culture in our bilingual groups.
 
Dutch language skills remain on par with those of other Dutch students

A bilingual education has shown no negative effect on the development of the Dutch language. As a matter of fact, scientific research shows that learning a second language is highly beneficial to the development of the native tongue. One of the main conditions set by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science is that TPO-students’ Dutch language skills remain on par with those of other Dutch children. We will be making allowances for group 3/4, where children first learn to read and write in Dutch, by restricting English to for instance gymclass and arts & crafts.
De Gooise Daltonschool

Vuurvlindermeent 56
1218 GZ Hilversum

(035) 6912446
directie@degooisedaltonschool.nl